Looking to the future
Reflections on how the role of the Irish parliament in European affairs might be improved
in The evolving role of national parliaments in the European Union
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This chapter focuses on the particular case of the Oireachtas and considers what improvements could be effected in its European Union (EU)-related role. The Sub-Committee focused on the broader role of the Oireachtas in European affairs, not the implications of the Lisbon Treaty. The Sub-Committee also recommended that the Seanad play an important role in the area of monitoring the transposition of EU Directives. The Sub-Committee looked at systems used in other states to achieve executive accountability in the field of EU law, hearing from witnesses concerning the British, Danish and German parliaments. The Sub-Committee focused on the broader role of the Oireachtas in European affairs, not the implications of the Lisbon Treaty. The Joint Committee on European Scrutiny should continue to consider the Annual Legislative and Work Programme in detail.

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